In the world of design, the term biophilia has become synonymous with wellbeing of employees and customers alike, and a staple way of incorporating plants and natural elements into a space. This is based on the collective agreement that these elements are good for our wellbeing.
But why exactly are plants so good for your office? They add so much more to your environment and health than just a splash of green. Here are just some of the benefits that well cared for, living plants can bring to urban spaces.
Plants Boost Productivity
Research by leading universities, including Washington State and Exeter, has proven that workers who can see greenery from their desks complete work up to 12% faster and are less stressed than those in a 'lean' office environment. A link with natural living plants means happier people with better output and an improved bottom line. This is a two-pronged benefit for your employees, not only do they enjoy their work environment more but in achieving better results they’ll feel greater job satisfaction, meaning they won’t want to leave you.
Plants Improve Indoor Air Quality
It’s a well-known fact that plants release oxygen, but did you know every person in your office needs around 5 litres of oxygen a minute. Therefore, the more fresh air available to you the better! Indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air, the reason for this is that not only do you have external pollutants entering internal spaces, but you also have chemicals being released from cleaning products, furniture and even flooring. According to NASA, having the correct number and types of plants can remove up to 87% of indoor air toxins in just 24 hours. Making the quality of air you breathe much better for you.
Plants Reduce Noise
Plants have moved way past being a leafy thing in a pot. With innovative designs, planting can be vertical, freestanding and movable making it a perfect solution for creating barriers in modern open plan offices. Plants absorb noise, and an optimised planting display can help reduce noise by around 5 decibels. By stopping the distraction of surrounding noise, you enable people to focus on their task, helping them to be more efficient.
Plants Improve Health
The presence of live indoor planting can reduce self-reported sick days and there are a number of different reasons for this. Plastics and cleaning products release harmful chemicals which often means indoor air is more toxic than outdoor air. Plants can absorb nasty chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde and ammonia, chemicals that have been linked to headaches and eye irritation. So, with plants in your workspace, you’ll see fewer cases of minor respiratory conditions and headaches caused by indoor air pollution. Using biophilia - the human need to connect with nature - will also reduce stress and fatigue, lessen sick days and therefore lower company sick leave costs.
Plants Reduce Bills
By providing insulation and shade, plants regulate temperatures without the need for constant air conditioning and heating. Studies have shown energy costs can be reduced by up to 20% meaning the investment in planting will more than pay for itself. Plus, your team can enjoy a climate that is naturally regulated as opposed to artificially created.
Want to find out more about what plants can do for you? Our talented team are on hand to show you how plants can fit into your space with a bespoke plan to meet your biophilia needs. Simply get in touch to start transforming your space.